10 May '11, 1pm

Rare Sumatran tigers filmed in threatened forest

Important new footage of Sumatran tigers - estimated to number only 400 in total in the wild - has been captured by movement-sensitive cameras in the forests of Bukit Tigapuluh (‘Thirty Hills’) in central Sumatra. We’re excited by the number of tigers filmed, and particularly by the rare video evidence of three surviving cubs. What we don’t know for sure is whether we’ve found so many tigers because we’re just getting better at positioning our cameras or because the tigers’ habitat is shrinking so rapidly they’re being forced to share smaller and smaller bits of forests. Between 2004 and 2010, Bukit Tigapuluh lost over 200,000 hectares of forest to the paper and palm oil industries. It’s the largest of the last remaining dry lowland forest blocks in Sumatra, and particularly rich in wildlife, with close to 200 bird species and 59 mammal species. It’s also one of six areas ...

Full article: http://www.wwf.org.uk/news_feed.cfm?uNewsID=4913

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